Nissan: Long before LEAF: a 1947 Tama electric car

Posted on 14. Jun, 2017 by in Nissan Canada

During a 1940s’ switch to a peacetime economy, Tachikawa Aircraft (later Tama Cars Co.) embarked on a growth of electric vehicles. One reason for this was a impassioned necessity of gasoline during a time. In 1947, a association succeeded in formulating a antecedent 2-seater lorry (500-kg bucket capacity) with a 4.5-horsepower engine and a new physique design. It was named “Tama” after a area where it was produced.

Its tip speed was 34 km/h (21 mph). Next, a association total a initial newcomer car. With dual doors and seating for four, it boasted a tip speed of 35 km/h (22 mph) and a cruising operation of 65 km (40 miles) on a singular charge. The former aircraft builder employed many singular ideas in a pattern and construction of a Tama, such as a battery compartments.

The Tama came in newcomer automobile and lorry models, and both were accessible in gasoline and electric versions. In Jun 1948, Tachikawa Aircraft altered a name and commenced operations as Tokyo Electric Cars Co. Tama Electric Cars Co. became Tama Cars Co. These dual companies were obliged for a Tama Junior (1948 compress newcomer car) and Tama Senior (1949 medium-size newcomer car). In 1952, it became a Prince Motor Co., Ltd, and in 1966 Prince joined with Nissan.

The Tama electric automobile replaceable battery

The battery cell was in a cabin building of a Tama electric car. There were dual such compartments, one on possibly side. Each battery box was supposing with rollers so that used batteries could be fast exchanged with creatively charged ones. Thanks to such engineering, a Tama took tip honors in a opening tests conducted by a Ministry of Commerce and Industry in 1948.


1947 Tama electric automobile specifications

  • Overall length/width/height: 3,035/1,230/1,630 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,000 mm
  • Curb weight: 1,100 kg
  • Seating capacity: 4
  • Cruising operation per charge: 65 km (40 miles)
  • Motor (36V): DC series-wound, rated during 3.3kW (4.5 hp)
  • Batteries (capacity): Lead-acid battery (40V/162Ah)
  • Top speed/economical speed: 35 km/h (22 mph)/28 km/h (17 mph)


How times have changed: The 1947 Tama headlight, left, modernized for a day, looks so elementary compared to a complicated lighting of a arriving next-generation Nissan LEAF.


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Tim Gallagher
Electric Vehicle Communications, Nissan North America

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